Mossberg MC1sc: A Polymer Striker-Fired Subcompact 9mm

Mossberg MC1sc: A Polymer Striker-Fired Subcompact 9mm


Nearly a century ago, Mossberg released the Mossberg Brownie, a four-barreled derringer type pistol chambered in .22 Long Rifle. Fast forward almost 100 years, and now, Mossberg has introduced a second handgun, the Mossberg MC1sc.

They are getting into the concealed carry pistol game with MC1sc, a lightweight polymer striker-fired subcompact chambered in 9mm. I made a quick chart to compare some of the specs of the MC1sc to some other pistols in its class, see below.

  Mossberg MC1sc Glock 43 XD-S MOD.2 S&W M&P9 Shield 2.0
Barrel Length 3.40″ 3.39″ 3.3″ 3.1″
Length 6.25″ 6.26″ 6.3″ 6.1″
Width 1.06″ 1.02″ 0.975″ 0.99″
Height 4.25″ 4.25″ 4.66″ 4.5″
Weight (unloaded) 19 oz 17.95 oz 21.5 oz 18.3 oz
Capacity (Flush Mag) 6+1 6+1 7+1 7+1
MSRP $425 $449 $586 $479

As you can see, the MC1sc specs are right in line with some of the other popular subcompact single-stack striker-fired pistols on the market. And one thing Mossberg and brought over from their budget-friendly shotgun line is the price. The base model comes in at $425 which is lower than the Glock, XDS and the M&P9.

Since I haven’t gotten my hands on one, this will not be a full review. We have reached out to Mossberg to get one for evaluation and testing, so be on the lookout for a full review soon. At the very least, I’m sure they will be featuring the MC1sc at the 2019 Shot Show which I’ll be attending so I’ll get some hands-on time with it there.

There will be four different models of the MC1sc available:

  • MC1sc – #89001 Base Model
  • MC1sc Cross-Bolt Safety – #89002
  • MC1sc TRUGLO Tritium PRO Sights – #89003
  • MC1sc VIRIDIAN Laser Equipped – #89004

Some notable features are their integrated grip panels with aggressive texturing. At first glance, I thought they might have been removable, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It looks interesting, but I obviously can’t comment on it until I have one in my hands.

The takedown process of the MC1sc is pretty interesting. Basically, you remove the magazine, lock the slide back, push a button on the back of the slide to remove the rear slide plate, then when you close the action, the striker assembly pops out — no need to pull the trigger during the takedown process.

Here are some other features pulled from Mossberg’s website:

  • Safe Takedown System ensures no trigger pull required during disassembly.
  • Mossberg signature multi-angle slide serrations for positive slide manipulation.
  • Standard snag-free dovetail white three-dot sights for easier target acquisition, windage adjustment, and after-market customization. (Sig #8 compatible.)
  • Stainless steel slide with upgraded Diamond-Like Carbon Coating.
  • 3.4″ barrel with upgraded Diamond-Like Carbon Coating.
  • Extended trigger guard for easy access.
  • Mossberg flat-profile trigger with integrated blade safety.
  • Reversible magazine release.
  • Aggressive signature Mossberg grip texturing.
  • Palm swell and grip angle provide superior ergonomics.
  • Glass-reinforced polymer frame for enhanced durability.
  • Mossberg Clear-Count™ polymer 6-round flush-fit and 7-round extended magazines offer low friction and high wear-resistance.

Joe Kurtenbach with American Rifleman got his hands on one, and you can check out their video below.

Now for a bit of speculation. Let’s take a look at the name, MC1sc. The first half is MC1 possibly meaning Mossberg Carry 1 which obviously would leave room for newer versions such as MC2, MC3, and so on. And the second half is “sc” presumably standing for subcompact. So could we see a Mossberg MC1c compact pistol or a Mossberg MC1fs full-size pistol in the future? I would say anything is possible in today’s market and if this pistol does well with the masses, why wouldn’t Mossberg look to expand the line into larger single-stack pistols. Did I hear someone say Glock 34X and 48?



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